Pinot Gris Accolades
2014 Pinot Gris
Chuck Hill's Wine of the Week Pick, February 19, 2015
"The Fries family celebrated the 20th anniversary of Duck Pond Cellars in 2014 and continue to pursue winemaking excellence in both the Willamette Valley and in Washington State’s Wahluke Slope AVA. This bright and aromatic Pinot Gris offers floral and pear notes with a refreshing palate and clean, lingering finish."
2013 Pinot Gris
Outstanding! rating / Best Buy - Wine Press Northwest, Summer 2014 issue
(This was the least expensive Willamette Valley or Oregon Pinot Gris to receive this top rating)
"This longtime Dundee Hills winery (which also owns Desert Wind Winery in the Yakima Valley) excels at crafting delicious and fairly priced wines. This Pinot Gris is one of its best efforts, thanks to aromas of Asian pear, white peach and minerality, followed by flavors of pear, Golden Delicious apple and an alluring dusty quality, all backed with just a kiss of sweetness."
Value Pick - Oregon Wine Press, April 2014 issue
"Spreading the love over a wider area lately, the Fries family’s most recent release features a very varietal profile of citrus, melon and stone fruit accented by white pepper and thyme."
Chuck Hill's Wine of the Week Pick, September 5, 2014
"Grapes for this Pinot Gris came from Duck Pond Cellars estate vineyards in the South Salem Hills: St. Jory Vineyard, Delaney Vineyard and Hylo Vineyard. From grape to wine in the glass, this bottling demonstrates the ability of Pinot Gris to be a versatile food wine. Tropical fruit, mineral and lemon mingle with notes of lime zest and nectarine on both the nose and palate and pair well with seafood or lighter meats and fowl."
87 points - Wine Spectator, 2014 web-only review
"Light and easygoing, with pretty pear and floral flavors on a crisp, dry frame.”
Silver Medal - 2014 Northwest Wine Summit
Silver Medal - 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Silver Medal - 2014 Grand Harvest Awards
Bronze Medal - 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition
2012 Pinot Gris
Silver Medal - 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Wine of the Week pick – Wines Northwest, September 20, 2013 issue
"Duck Pond Cellars has become a landmark as you enter the Oregon wine town of Dundee just south of Newberg. The winery offers wine tasting and wine-related gifts and food products for the thousands of eager wine lovers that come through each year. The Fries family now owns five vineyards in the Willamette Valley as well as their new Coles Valley Vineyard in the Umpqua Valley and the Desert Wind Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope in Washington. The 2012 Pinot Gris offers ripe notes of lemon, grapefruit and white peach as well as tropical fruits and flinty mineral – a tasty pairing with oysters and mussels."
Double Gold Medal – 2013 Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
2011 Pinot Gris
Double Gold Medal – 2012 Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
Gold Medal – 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Gold Medal – 2013 Oregon Wine Awards
Gold Medal – 2012 China Wine Awards
Silver Medal – 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver Medal – 2013 Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Silver Medal – 2012 West Coast Wine Competition
Bronze Medal – 2013 Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal – 2013 Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition
Bronze Medal – 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal – 2013 Northwest Wine Summit Wine Competition
Bronze Medal – 2012 International Women's Wine Competition
2010 Pinot Gris
86 points – Wine Spectator, September 30, 2012 issue
"A light and refreshing version, showing green melon and spice flavors."
Gold Medal - 2012 Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging
Silver Medal - 2013 Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Silver Medal - 2012 Oregon Wine Awards
Silver Medal - 2012 World Wine Championships
Silver Medal - 2012 Long Beach Grand Cru
Bronze Medal - 2011 San Francisco International Wine Competition
2009 Pinot Gris
Silver Medal – 2011 Portland Seafood & Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2011 Dallas Morning News Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2011 Oregon Wine Awards
2008 Pinot Gris
Excellent – Wine Press Northwest, Spring 2010
“Estate vineyards in Salem, Ore., primarily the family's St. Jory site, make for an exemplary Pinot Gris that leads with aromas of starfruit, lime, orange, apple, banana and candy corn. A big burst of lime champions the flavors, giving this enjoyable dryness that should play well with a shrimp salad.”
Chuck Hill’s Wines of the Week “Oyster-Friendly Wines” – October 22, 2009
“Nearly all of Duck Pond Cellars' Pinot Gris comes from the winery's estate vineyards near Salem: Delaney, Hylo and St. Jory. The Jory soil type in these vineyards is a weak volcanic ash and rock, promoting low-yielding vines. Look for aromas of melon, pear and mineral with a palate offering spicy pear and mineral notes that really work well with half-shell oysters.”
85 points – Wine Enthusiast, April 1, 2010
"Light pear and apple flavors, with a dash of melon, comprise this simple, pleasantly acidic white wine. Though it does not have the density of many other Oregon Pinot Gris bottlings, it is reliable and fresh, with a screwcap for good measure."
Gold Medal – 2010 San Diego Winemaker Challenge
Gold Medal – 2010 Sisters Wine & Brew Festival
Silver Medal – 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver Medal – 2010 Oregon Wine Awards
Bronze Medal - 2010 Old Ebbitt International Wines for Oysters Competition
Bronze Medal - 2009 Northwest Wine Summit
Bronze Medal - 2009 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2010 West Coast Wine Competition
Bronze Medal – 2010 US Professional Wine Buyers Competition
2007 Pinot Grigio
Bronze Medal - 2008 World Value Wine Challenge
Silver Medal - Best of Appellation
Bronze Medal – 2009 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal – 2010 Northwest Wine Summit
83 points/Bronze Medal - Beverage Testing Institute 2009
"Pale silvery straw. Starfruit, melon custard, and white strawberry aromas follow through on a brisk, round entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with citrus powder, sour cream, and talc notes. Finishes with a bruised apple and firm, dusty fruit tannin fade."
2006 Pinot Gris
Silver Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2005 Pinot Gris
Recommended - Northwest Palate
"Floral scents of apple and pear fruit also display subtle notes of spice. In the mouth, ripe pear flavors mingle with an impression of talc. Light and refreshing, with a verve that cries out for crab and leek fettuccine."
88 points/By the Glass and Value Recommendation - Patterson's Beverage Journal
"Extracted and minerally with intense flavors and soft acidity; Alsace-style, long and complex."
87 points / Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast, November 15, 2006
"Light and lemony, this graceful wine shows an elegant, northern Italian personality rather than the meaty, fleshy style more often found in Oregon Pinot Gris. Pear drop scents and fresh pear flavors dominate the entry, and at this price deliver plenty of clean flavor."
85 points - Wine Spectator
"Smooth and generous with its peach and melon flavors. Drink now."
2003 Pinot Gris
87 points/Highly Recommended - Beverage Testing Institute
Bronze Medal - Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - Riverside International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - San Francisco International Wine Competition
2002 Pinot Gris
Outstanding - Wine Press Northwest
"...This is a perfect example of Pinot Gris with its zesty orange and lime aromas and flavors with a rich mouth feel and cleansing acidity. Perfect for everything from picnics to dinner parties."
86 points - Wine Enthusiast
85 points/Highly Recommended - Beverage Testing Institute
Silver Medal - West Coast Wine Competition
Silver Medal - Amenti del Vino International Wine Competition
Silver Medal - Seattle Enological Wine Society
Silver Medal - Pacific Rim International Wine Competition
Silver Medal - Taster's Guild
Bronze Medal - Northwest Wine Summit
Bronze Medal - Grand Harvest Awards